Researchers have confirmed major co-morbidities that elevate the risk of dying from the coronavirus.

These include cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, chronic kidney disease, stroke, and cancer.

The findings were published in the journal PLOS ONE. The researchers of the study believe that this will help health officials improve patient care and develop interventions that can target these high-risk populations.

Study author Paddy Ssentongo from the Penn State University in the US said in a statement: “This study suggests that these chronic conditions are not just common in patients with Covid-19, but their presence is a warning sign to a higher risk of death.”


For the study, the researchers carried out a systematic review and meta-analysis to determine which chronic conditions put hospitalised patients at risk of dying from Covid-19.

They explored 11 co-existing conditions that pose a risk of severe disease and death among Covid-19 patients,

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The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus. Asthma patients appear less likely to die from Covid-19

Patients with asthma who become infected with the new coronavirus appear to have no higher risk of hospitalisation or need for mechanical breathing assistance compared to Covid-19 patients without asthma — and the asthma patients are less likely to die from the disease, a new study suggests.

Researchers at a Boston healthcare system studied 562 asthma patients with Covid-19 and 2,686 similarly-aged Covid-19 patients without asthma. The two groups were hospitalised at similar rates (18 per cent to 21 per cent) and had similar need for mechanical ventilation (3 per cent in the asthma group vs 4 per cent). But the asthma patients were 70 per cent less likely to

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Movie theaters hoped to be back in business in a big way this fall, attracting stir-crazy audiences with a slate of blockbusters that included “Tenet,” “Mulan,” and “No Time to Die.” For an industry that had been brought to its knees by the coronavirus pandemic, with closures that left them without revenues for much of the year, nothing was more important than a grand and successful reopening.

Unfortunately, more than a month after “Tenet” debuted to disappointing box office results, the exhibition sector is in an even more dire situation. “Mulan” opted to debut as a premium on-demand offering via Disney Plus. “No Time to Die” pushed its premiere back into April, and several other movies have postponed their releases into next spring or summer when, studios hope, a vaccine will be widely available. On Saturday, Cineworld, one of the world’s largest exhibitors, announced that it was considering closing its

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The release of the latest instalment in the James Bond movie franchise ‘No Time to Die’ has been postponed to April 2021, the makers of the movie announced on Saturday.

“MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of ‘NO TIME TO DIE’, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience,” the makers tweeted from the official James Bond Twitter account.

The film was originally slated for release on April 2, 2020. However, owing to the Covoid-19 pandemic, the release of the film was pushed back to November 2020. The film was then scheduled for a November 12 worldwide release followed by November 25 for the United States.

Cineworld Group plans fund-raising if James Bond rescue gets delayed

According to a New York Post report, the

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According to a report by SharkAllies, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the conservation of sharks and rays, half-a-million sharks may die because of the race to create a vaccine against coronavirus.

Shark Allies sent a petition that was addressed to US/FDA (Food and Drug Administration of the United States of America), UK/MHRA (The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency of the United Kingdom), EU/EMA (The European Medicines Agency), China: NMPA (The National Medical Products Administration) and all vaccine-producing companies.

They said in their petition: “Using sharks in Covid-19 vaccines is short-sighted, unpredictable, and unsustainable. There are better alternatives. The industry must listen.”

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The report mentioned that the companies are using shark squalene as the main ingredient in some adjuvants to boost efficacy in vaccines. Squalene made from shark liver oil is used most commonly because it is cheap to obtain

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a couple of people that are standing in front of a store: Dobe & Andy restaurant in Montreal's Chinatown has seen a 70 per cent drop in business since the pandemic struck and they're not alone.

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Dobe & Andy restaurant in Montreal’s Chinatown has seen a 70 per cent drop in business since the pandemic struck and they’re not alone.

Its dining room used to be packed at lunchtime, but nowadays Dobe & Andy in Montreal’s Chinatown only gets a trickle of take-out customers.

“We really relied on the summertime business, the tourism and also the offices,” said co-owner Eric Ku, recalling the days before the COVID-19 pandemic slammed Quebec.

The restaurant has seen a 70 per cent drop in business and it’s not alone. A group of merchants from the area is sounding the alarm — saying businesses throughout the historic district are hemorrhaging money.

Empty office buildings and a dead tourism industry are certainly factors, the group says, but anti-Asian racism plays a role as well.

Earlier this week, the Montreal Chinatown Development Council and the Chinese Association of Montreal put

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Posts shared on Facebook show an alleged screenshot of a Fox Business article with the headline “Kenosha car dealer kills himself after his insurance won’t cover a cent of the 2.5 million dollars of damages caused by the riots.” Created by a meme generator, this is a fake news story making a false claim.

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This claim has circulated amid unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the filmed wounding of Jacob Blake, a Black man shot several times by a white police officer on August 23. As protests against police brutality flared, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers ordered National Guard troops deployed to Kenosha on Aug. 24 ( here ) before declaring a state of emergency the following day ( here ). On Aug. 27, a teenager named Kyle Rittenhouse was charged in Aug. 25

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  • Shark Tank investor Kevin O’Leary said he expects 20% of small businesses in sectors like travel, food, and entertainment will die because consumer behavior is changing.  
  • O’Leary told CNBC that he wouldn’t prop up a “dying” company, and the government shouldn’t either. The next stimulus plan doesn’t need to have PPP, he said.
  • “Let the market be the market, let those things that are going to die, die, and those employees will support them through the transition,” the investor said.

Shark Tank investor Kevin O’Leary appeared on CNBC’s Halftime Report on Friday and said that because consumer preference is changing, certain small businesses will die and the government won’t be able to stop it. 

O’Leary said he estimated that potentially 20% of small businesses in sectors like travel, entertainment, and food services are going to die soon. This death is not simply a result of the pandemic,

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